Israel’s Urban Aeronautics is ground-testing its unmanned Mule fancraft, an unconventional rotorcraft featuring two shrouded main rotors in tandem configuration that should one day have a manned version for rescue missions in cities. The first untethered flight of the Mule, originally scheduled to take place in the spring, has been postponed until September or October.
Urban Aeronautics X-Hawk
Bell Helicopter has initiated an engineering study with a number of partners for a rather unconventional aircraft that designers say would be especially well suited to urban operations. The Bell X-Hawk would feature two shrouded main rotors in tandem configuration, fore and aft, and two smaller shrouded rotors acting as thrusters. Although Bell is targeting military applications, a civil variant is under consideration by its partners.
Bell Helicopter of Fort Worth, Texas, and Urban Aeronautics based near Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport will unveil today the X-Hawk, an innovative vertical-lift aircraft that could create a new class of civil and military powered-lift vehicles. A full-scale mock-up of the twin-turboshaft X-Hawk is on display in Bell Helicopter’s aircraft covered aircraft static display (No. OE1, next to the Bell and Bell Boeing chalets).